'Machete' Slices Competition At Friday Box Office

'The American' is hot on the heels of the action flick.

The Box-Office Top Five

#1 "Machete" ($3.9 million)

#2 "The American" ($3.8 million)

#3 "Takers" ($3 million)

#4 "The Last Exorcism" ($2.3 million)

#5 "Going the Distance" ($2.2 million)

[article id="1647117"]"Machete"[/article] was a cut above the competition in a close Friday box-office race crowded with new releases. According toreports, the sexed-up, action-packed Robert Rodriguez-directed film took first place with $3.9 million on Friday.

However, the star-heavy caper, which boasts performances from Jessica Alba and Danny Trejo, and a buzzed-about screen turn from [article id="1644341"]Lindsay Lohan[/article], just barely slipped past The American." The George Clooney thriller, which revolves around an assassin who lands in Italy for a final job, kicked off the weekend with $3.8 million. Friday's haul bumps the film's cumulative take to $7 million since the movie landed in theaters on Wednesday.

[article id="1646823"]Rounding out an action-heavy top three, "Takers"[/article] pulled in $3 million during its second Friday in theaters. Although the film opened at #1 last weekend, it appears news of the film's star [article id="1647068"]T.I.'s arrest[/article] hasn't completely doused the fire of the heist flick. The film also boasts appearances from Idris Elba and singer [article id="1647194"]Chris Brown, who has recently triumphed on the music charts[/article] with his single "Deuces." The movie has made an estimated $29.5 million since landing in theaters.

The horror movie "The Last Exorcism," which nabbed the second-place slot in a photo-finish box-office race against "Takers" last week, slipped to the #4 spot. The creep-fest raked in $2.3 million during its second Friday on screens, which nudged its total gross to $27 million.

The rom-com [article id="1646928"]"Going the Distance," starring Drew Barrymore and real-life on-and-off beau Justin Long[/article], debuted in fifth place. The movie, which follows a young couple working to sustain the spark in their long-distance relationship, scored $2.2 million in ticket sales.

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